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Before pets can be imported to New Zealand, they need to meet health requirements. You are right. There are scads of examples of long-term attachments between animals of different species. The problem is that virtually all these cases have occurred among captive or semi-captive animals in zoos, wildlife sanctuaries, or research labs. I recently scoured academic journals and consulted a host of animal behaviorists for examples of pet-keeping in other species in the wild. I found none. True, there are a few articles in primatology journals which describe instances in which wild chimpanzees “played” with small animals like hyraxes. But in each case, the relationship soon went south when the chimps killed their new pals and proceeded to toss their corpses around like rag dolls.

Before Hurricane Florence hit, local animal shelters began asking residents for assistance in providing shelter for the pets in their care. A viral photos shows the long line of people willing to help at animal rescue center, Saving Grace, where 124 dogs were successfully rescued. There are lots of definitions in the scholarly literature. I like the anthrozoologist James Serpell’s definition. He says a pet is an animal that we live with that has no obvious function.

3. Wild animals carry diseases. Did you know that many wild animals — like raccoons or skunks — can be carriers for rabies without showing any symptoms? And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tens of thousands of people get salmonella infections each year from wild reptiles or amphibians. Bringing a wild animal into your home exposes your whole family — you, your kids and your pets — to a slew of potentially fatal diseases.

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